Phillips, David Anthony Temple (1923-1945)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: David Anthony Temple Phillips (1923-1945), born 3 February 1923, son of Lieutenant-Colonel B.T. Phillips, formerly of the Indian Army, and Mrs. I. A. Phillips, of Ryecroft, Parkstone, Dorset.
Twin of Alec Temple Phillips (1923).
Attended Durlston Court School, Swanage, Dorset.
Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) May 1937-September 1939 (left after a fortnight of the Michaelmas term).
WW2, Lieutenant, 7th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Awarded the M.C. Killed in action at Letsaungu, Burma on 14 March 1945, aged 22.
Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar, 17. H. 24. Inscription on headstone: ‘REST IN PEACE, VALHALLA'S CHOSEN, VALIANTLY WAS THY DUTY DONE. NEVER FORGOTTEN’ www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2262222/phillips,-dav...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Lyon House war memorial.
Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', July 1945: 'David Anthony Temple Phillips, M.C., Lieutenant, The Worcester Regiment (g, '37-'39), would not wait for his age group to be called up, but went off to enlist under age. Soldiering was in his blood and even at School it was apparent. He was killed in Burma at the end of March this year after winning the M.C. His C.O., another Old Shirburnian, had written a month or so before he himself was killed, to say that Phillips was the perfect war-time soldier. That hackneyed phrase, 'He died as he would have wished,' is in this case particularly true. A gallant spirit was his.'